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    • CommentAuthorjlichman
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2008
     (1674.1)
    hey. how's your day going? good? great.
    let me ruin it for you.

    ULTIMO represents a first-of-its-kind partnership between Lee and a
    Japanese manga creator [Hiroyuki Takei, famous mainly for Shaman King-j]. The 32-page prologue, which features 3
    full-color pages, will debut in a special April issue of the Japanese
    manga magazine Jump SQ., the sibling publication of Shueisha's Weekly
    Shonen Jump, which is historically the best-selling manga magazine in
    Japan. The special, standalone issue is called Jump SQ.II.
    ...
    Stan Lee says, "I am deeply honored for this great opportunity to
    collaborate with an award-winning artist/writer of the stature of
    Hiroyuki Takei. I enthusiastically expect that the combination of an
    American story-telling style merged with Takei-san's acclaimed
    Japanese style will result in our joint creation 'ULTIMO' presenting
    an original, exciting type of manga that will appeal to comicbook fans
    around the world".

    The ULTIMO story: High above Farmless City, citizens are stunned by
    the sudden appearance of two floating figures. Are they human boys,
    monolithic robots, or something much more strange? As the battle
    ensues between them, destruction and devastation falls on the hapless
    city. One figure is Vice, and seems to be as evil as his name implies.
    The other is Ultimo, intent on trying to stop Vice from wreaking more
    havoc. But who are Vice and Ultimo really? Where did they come from? A
    new mystery begins with the fate of the world possibly hanging in the
    balance!


    you can begin crying now.
  1.  (1674.2)
    you can begin crying now


    Why exactly?

    Isn't Jump Squared a magazine aimed at the 12-16 year old market, sounds aimed at that crowd. I am not interested myself based this description, but I fail to see where Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei co-creating a project is a cause for distress.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2008
     (1674.3)
    Anything that steers kids to a genre they may not have otherwise considered doesn't seem like a bad thing to me.

    - Z
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2008
     (1674.4)
    Proceeds of every copy purchased goes to Al-Queda
    • CommentAuthorjlichman
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2008
     (1674.5)
    @jtraub

    yeah, but calling it "Ultimo" ? I know Shonen stuff is super-kid and brand friendly. But this just seems incredibly lazy. As for this being "co-creating," it seems more like takei was either given or brought a marketing concept and then told everything would be signed off by an old comics guy best known for taking credit on co-creations.
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    i fail to see what the problem is with this. its not something im gonna buy, but theres a lot of stuff that falls under that.